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European Fuel Regulations and Canadian Hypocrisy: My Trip to Europe with Jim Hansen

September 23, 2013 by Mark Jaccard

Prime Minister Harper promised in 2006 to reduce Canadian emissions 20% by 2020 (in 2009 he changed it slightly to 17%). Only two policy approaches can achieve this: emissions pricing or regulations (or a combination). But he rejected emissions pricing.[read more]

Canada's Actions on Climate Sharply Diverge From Government Promises

September 12, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

Many of us have experienced the frustration of someone making a promise that is later broken. But when the world’s tenth-largest carbon polluter makes and breaks promises to deliver on major national policies and international climate agreements, it is a different matter.[read more]

Canadian Geothermal Industry Seeks Crowdfunding in Absence of Government Money

September 12, 2013 by Tyler Hamilton

Canadian Geothermal

In a 2008 story concerning Canada being a laggard when it comes geothermal power production, I wrote that Canada is in fact the only nation along the Pacific Ring of Fire that did not have a commercial geothermal power plant up and running.[read more]

Is the Canadian Prime Minister Out of Options on Keystone?

September 11, 2013 by Mitchell Beer

Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama to open a dialogue on joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector. But what if it turns out that Harper has nothing to offer Obama?[read more]

Canada Heavy Oil Producers Positioned for Big Payoffs: Interview with Alistair Toward

September 4, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Canadian Heavy Oil

Alistair Toward joined PI Financial Corp.'s Calgary office in April 2010 focusing on junior to mid-size domestic energy companies. Alistair brings over 16 years of financial and industry experience to PI, including 10 years as an oil and gas analyst.[read more]

Weak Canadian Policies Another Reason to Reject Keystone Pipeline

July 31, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

President Obama in recent comments about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline got it right when he said that Canada has not yet addressed the harmful carbon pollution from its rapidly growing tar sands industry. Canada failed to enact effective climate policies.[read more]

Canadian Cities' Vulnerability to Climate Change Clear After Alberta Floods

July 6, 2013 by Laura Tozer

Climate Change in Canada


Recent flooding in Alberta, Canada is one of the many climate change impacts already being felt around the world, but it also foreshadows the rise in extreme events that is on the way.[read more]

British Columbia Declines Oil Pipeline. Should Obama follow suit?

June 25, 2013 by Meredith Fowlie

The Northern Gateway pipeline, which could carry more than 525,000 barrels of oil per day, would link the oil sands to Asian markets and seemed like a “no-brainer”. But British Columbia sees things differently.[read more]

Canadian Hydro-Power: Niagara Tunnel Now Fully Functional

March 28, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Niagra Tunnel

The Niagara Tunnel, a massive 41-foot wide, 6.3-mile long tunnel that’s 460 feet below the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario, made its official debut last Thursday. The project is nearly ten years in the making.[read more]

Canada’s Most Priceless Commodity Is Not Oil

March 22, 2013 by Jim Baird

Canadian water supply

As holders of 20 percent of the world’s fresh water, Canada is in a unique position to capitalize on the defining issue of the 21st century. In fact it is in a more dominant position with water than with oil.[read more]

Keystone XL or the Climate – a False Choice?

January 24, 2013 by Mark Green

The governor of Nebraska’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline’s route through his state has some opponents conjuring up old arguments and false choices in an attempt to gain traction against a project that could help create hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs, stimulate economic activity and help make America more energy secure. For...[read more]

New Canadian Electric Scooter Has Style and a Decent Price

December 16, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Amego, a seller of electric vehicles such as electric bicycles and electric scooters, recently introduced in Canada a new stylish scooter that is easy on both the miles you can travel as well as the wallet. Dubbed the E-Breeze it retails for $1,150 CAD, or around $1,165 US.[read more]

Ontario throws millions behind 13 smart grid projects, including Enbala Power’s “process storage” initiative

July 2, 2012 by Tyler Hamilton

It’s taken longer than expected, but the McGuinty government has finally given a much-needed financial boost to some important smart grid initiatives in the province. This week that the first 13 projects were announced under the umbrella of a new Smart Grid Fund, representing half of the committed $50 million.[read more]

Canada Rises and Saudi Slides: Top 15 Sources for U.S. Crude Oil Imports in 2011

April 9, 2012 by Robert Rapier

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently published an article on 2011 U.S. crude oil imports. I thought it might be interesting to take a look at where the U.S. currently obtains its oil, and how that has changed over the past decade. The EIA story is: Nearly 69% of U.S. crude oil imports originated from five countries...[read more]

Regulatory Efficiency: A Must for Electricity Infrastructure Renewal

February 7, 2012 by Jim Burpee

We at the Canadian Electricity Association have publicly raised, many times, that our electricity sector faces a complex challenge over the next two decades. In order to meet Canada’s increasing demands for electricity, we must invest in electricity infrastructure. That means renewing, replacing and adding to the generating stations and power lines that power the economy.[read more]